ATHLETICS: Nic Bensley was the first Ryston Runner home in the London Marathon at the weekend.
He broke the three-hour barrier with a strong, yet relaxed, 2.57.25, which placed him in the top 200 in the M45 category.
Simon Able also broke the barrier, finishing a minute behind Bensley in 2.58.25.
Che Plant ran 3.03.29 and a resurgent Martin Ive (M45) 3.09.10, before Jo Isbill (W50) headed home the Ryston women in 3.25.04. She was 28th W50 in the field and finished in the top five per cent of all female runners. Heather Beattie was hot on her heels with a personal best time of 3:27:16.
Andy Wicklen ran 3.32.53 with Mel Reed was next over the line in 3:47:30, with Jeremy Navrady, running for EVAC, not far behind in 3.51.05.
Eamonn McCusker (M60) who has countless marathons under his belt, clocked 3.55.47, and Barry Smith, who had run the Bungay Marathon the previous weekend, completed the list of those achieving sub-four hours, with 3.56.40, raising more than £1,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis charity.
Martin Hammond, running to raise funds for a pre-school, clocked 4:01:48.
Jane Ashby was an impressive eighth in the W65 category with 4.13.12, with Anna Seaman running it in 4.17.50. Jo Isbill.
Kelly De-Gol, who had conducted an experiment in training with a phenomenal amount of endurance work but no actual running, clocked 4.24.31, while marathon debutante Wendy Fisher was timed at 4.30.17, with fellow “newbie” Jeff Reed registering 4.32.33 for 40th place in the M70 category.
Sarah Partridge, who had won one of the club’s ballot places, finished in 4.43.52, and the Ryston tally was completed by Mel Watts in 5.25.31
Two West Norfolk AC runners were also in action in the capital.
Sean Chambers smashed his previous best time by 40 minutes, despite suffering an early mishap when he twisted his ankle trying to avoid a water bottle dropped by another runner in front of him.
He recovered to clock 3.05.09. James Howard was just outside his best in 3.10.08, while Neil Watson, a member of the club’s Thursday night training group ran 3.33.31, 23 minutes quicker than his previous best.